Well, I had considered entering the Missouri Forestkeepers Strange and Extraordinary Trees photo contest. But I didn’t think my meager photography skills would make me competitive at all.
But you be the judge. Visit the Forestkeepers site and see for yourself. (I hope they have a contest next year! I’ll certainly be prowling my forest for likely shots now.)
The tiger mask you see above is glazed ceramic, and it has been hanging in the woods for a decade. It first hung in a tree over the fire ring at Fallen Timbers, and now it oversees the pine plantation at Roundrock. (Sadly, it doesn’t seem to be scaring away the deer that are chewing on the little pines.) When we first set the mask out in the weather, we had no hope that it would last for long. The wet, the cold, and the heat would surely splinter the thing, we thought, and we’d return one day to find it in pieces on the ground. But it has defied our expectations. Now I imagine it becoming the nesting site for a small forest bird. Should that become the case, I’ll be sure to let you know.
Completely Off Topic: Libby and I are spending a delightful weekend in Muscatine, Iowa. We are doing our favored bed-and-breakfast thing. I’m sitting here in the quiet house, with snow gently falling outside, a glass of iced tea beside me, a strong wireless connection, and a day of small-town adventure ahead.